Letters to the Editor

Letters to the Editor for Sept. 23

Hospital ER was overwhelmed

Recently, while tossing hay bales from the top of a stack of hay on a utility trailer, my husband’s prosthetic hook became entangled in the twine of an 80-pound hay bale. He launched himself off, landing on the hay below, but only after his face collided with the edge of the steel trailer.

We checked in at the Providence St. Peter Hospital emergency room. An hour later we were seen by a triage nurse who didn’t look at the nearly 3-inch gash in his forehead.

Six hours passed waiting with a bloody towel pressed against his forehead. It was like “Night of the Living Dead” in this room filled with exasperated people — milling about clutching injured parts, resting, or retching into vomit bags.

Each new hopeful face soon mirrored my own with vacant resignation as we listened for our names to be shouted over the din of complaining voices, moans and howling kids.

Appearing shocked when their names were finally called, saviors were praised by some as they rushed to the desk only to provide additional personal information, and asked to go back and continue waiting. Some gave up and left.

Seven sleepy hours later we left as well — after 20 stitches and 20 minutes with a doctor. A nurse had said this was normal for a Monday night and always had been.

I wondered how that hospital could handle a catastrophic event when it is overwhelmed by patients on a typical Monday night.



Buxbaum has analytical skills

I am writing to tell you why I am voting for Stephen Buxbaum for Olympia City Council position 5.

I worked with Buxbaum for a year or two as a fellow board member of the Olympia Food Co-op so I have seen him serving in a position similar to a council member.

As with any group working to make decisions there were disagreements among board members when we were working. I was truly impressed by Buxbaum’s ability to work with others in all kinds of situations, whether they agreed with him or not.

He was able to keep his composure, even once when I thought he was being attacked personally.

He was always working for the good of the Co-op and using his keen analytical ability to shed light on the issue at hand. It takes someone like Buxbaum, able to see the big picture and make compromises when needed, to make the changes I want to see on the Olympia City Council.

He will help make it a group that listens to citizens and works together to make the city better and stronger.



Referendum is about equality

Sam Reed has signed the paperwork certifying Referendum 71 and placing it on the ballot. The courts have now spoken and all appeals have stopped so we will be voting on whether to uphold the law giving registered same-sex and domestic partners rights and obligations equivalent to couples who are married.

State law requires that when an existing law is referred to a vote of the people voters must be given the choice either to affirm or reject the law. Therefore, those who supported the effort to get Ref. 71 on the ballot are now opposed to it, and those who opposed that effort are now for it.

Those opposing the expansion of liberty to gays and unmarried seniors are already saying their effort is aimed at saving marriage. This is a lie and a scare tactic. Marriage is specifically excluded by the law. Go to: www.secstate.wa.gov/elections/initiatives/referendum?=aspx=2009 and read the ballot item yourself.

The ballot will have this on it: “This bill would expand the rights, responsibilities, and obligations accorded state-registered same-sex and senior domestic partners to be equivalent to those of married spouses, except that a domestic partnership is not a marriage. Should this bill be: __ Approved __ Rejected”

If you support the expansion of liberty to gays and unmarried seniors as I do you can help the cause. Vote for Ref. 71 in November.



Hearts are calcified

I am always taken aback by the cruelty of those who believe their life choices are the only ones that matter.

Take, for example, the group called Protect Marriage, who want to force a vote on expanded benefits for gay couples. They want the names of petitioners held secret because they fear harassment.

The irony is that they fear being a victim all the while they are victimizing others through their intent to deny equal rights.

It seems that their hearts are so calcified that they cannot even consider the unnecessary suffering they are imposing on others.

Call me sentimental, but I dream of a country where one group does not have tyranny over another group, and where the laws are applied equally regardless of race, gender or sexual preference.